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Edgar Allan Poe's: House of Usher (2008)

Michael Cardelle , Frank Mentier , David DeCoteau  |  R |  DVD
2.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Michael Cardelle, Frank Mentier, Jaimyse Haft, Jack Carlisle, Bart Voitila
  • Directors: David DeCoteau
  • Writers: Simon Savory
  • Producers: David DeCoteau, John Schouweiler, Paul Colichman, Stephen P. Jarchow
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: E1 Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: May 4, 2010
  • Run Time: 83 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0037FFC30
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #222,214 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Edgar Allan Poe's: House of Usher" on IMDb

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When Victor visits his first love Roderick Usher at his crumbling family estate, he finds Roderick and his sister decaying before his eyes. Soon Victor learns the terrifying secret that’s been keeping them alive. Directed by David DeCouteau.

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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Sex, Lies, and Men's Underwear July 8, 2010
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This movie is a letdown in many ways, but some may find it amusing. The story updates Poe's classic short story, which is fine enough to do, but the result is flat. The dialog is leaden, the acting wooden. Overall the emoting is high school thespian club caliber. The lead actor, Michael Cardelle, is certainly a beauty but he seems more suited to be starring in an underwear catalog. Others have commented on how the house and the Usher siblings look like they are deteriorating, but you may disagree. Roderick Usher (Frank Mentier) looks rather healthy and only talks of his sensitivity to light (hence the fashionable dark glasses). His interest in photographing the hired help shirtless and then they seem to become ghosts is an odd twist, especially since the ghosts in various shades of tight boxer briefs don't seem to be able to touch the living, but merely do some sort of hand and mouth hovering, inches away from Victor's luscious torso. Friend/lover Victor calls Usher, "Ush" but considering the absolutely awesome bulge in Roderick's tight black briefs, "Rod" may have been a better nickname. The actress playing Madeline (Jaimyse Haft), looks unhinged, mentally over the top, but not physically ill--unless you don't like Shelly Duvall types. She seems to be wearing the gooiest, stickiest lip-gloss, but the kissing scenes are mainly between the two male leads anyway. As for the house, no attempt is made to make it look like a face, as in Poe's story. It looks like a very nice mansion. The only sign of "deterioration" is that at one point two planks of wood and a piece of plaster suddenly fall onto the floor (evidently from above, but we are not shown even where). The rest of the place is bright, spanking new. Even the outdoor sculptures look pristine, not weather beaten at all. Read more ›
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2.0 out of 5 stars Don't Bother May 8, 2010
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A bit disturbing...not the story...the directing and most acting. I thought the cast was very easy on the eyes (hence the two stars and not just one) but the story was distracting and was written like a 70's porno (all you need is a theme and a title) but without the sex. I would recommend you pass on this one.
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27 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This one is very good. May 5, 2010
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Of the three DeCoteau Poe films released on DVD, this one is by far the most faithful to the origninal story. The script by Simon Savory is quite ingenious in its updating of Poe. The three central characters Roderick (Frank Mentier), Madeline (Jaimyse Haft) and Victor (Michael Cardelle) retain the same charcteristics they had in the origninal story. Victor goes to visit his chum (former lover in this version) Roderick at the family estate and finds that the Usher parents have died leaving the house to Roderick and his sister Madeline. The siblings have become quite unhinged with Roderick suffering from an overly acute perception and Madeline enduring fits of catalepsy. Roderick is in a state of depression and never ventures from the family mansion and is unable to go out into the light of day because of his sensitivity to light. Roderick has also taken up photography as a hobby and is fond of photographing painters, plumbers and gardners. Then things get weird . . .

David DeCoteau once again gives us a film of stunning beauty. It is photographed by frequent DeCoteau cinematographer Howard Wexler and Danny Draven is back as the editor for this one. Every shot is a stunner. There are many candle lit scenes that contribute to the gothic atmosphere. Every window is penetrated by deep blue light, exactly replicating the look of the bedroom sequences in Kubrick's EYES WIDE SHUT. The film also benefits from a fine score by legendary Harry Manfredini. The cast is attractive and they deliver their lines as if in a trance state and this fits the curious dialogue they are given. The film is a peculiar blend of modern and gothic elements and it all works beautifully. I don't know if I prefer this one over THE PIT AND THE PENDULEM, a film which reached new heights of erotic frenzy.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars What the--?! July 11, 2011
I've seen other Here! films and wasn't too impressed, but the trailer for this one had me hopeful. I've not seen any of this director's other movies, so this is my impression based on just this movie by itself.

First, the bad points. The acting was a little stiff, but excusable. It wasn't horrible, but yeah, I've come to expect better.

The 'sexy scenes' between the main character, Usher, and his houseguest, Victor, felt kinda forced and unnaturally long, only to end abruptly. Left me feeling kind of, "Okay, the point of that was?" (Also, the director has this thing about having the actors pull each others' briefs down over their butt and just... leaving them on, with the butt hanging out. Eh??)

The camera angles with plain and boring. Most scenes only had one shot and the point of view did not change at all. Very uninteresting. Imagine a whole seven minute conversation from the same camera angle. Yawn.

Lastly, and most horrifyingly, was the cheap-sounding loud-stab-high-strings horror soundtrack. Dear God, how am I supposed to enjoy a movie when it's always going NAH NAH NAH NAH and the music for erotic scenes sounds like cheesy porno? The music just felt overly intense at the wrong moments, other times just plain inappropriate.

As for the good things, I felt that the character development of the sister was actually rather good. Between her monologue of 'life is merely the space between birth and death / I fear the unborn more than the dead' and her sweet, scary talk of loving the life in her garden, she was pretty interesting. Not the best acted, but surely fascinating.

The twists at the end, although not completely unforeseeable, were very fitting.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars awful movie
this is just awful the acting and the story which aluded usher to being gay. at least thats what i got out of it. this isnt how poe intended for his work to be interpereted as.
Published 4 months ago by Kristin Teeter
1.0 out of 5 stars Save your money. Save your time. Save your sanity.
This movie should have been ushered out, real fast. The same goes for The Pit & the Pendulum. I should have returned them but it is not Amazon's fault.
Published 8 months ago by mido
% stars to thsi retelling of a classic I loved with Vincent Price. But WOW this was so homoerotic, and jsut really amazing. Sticks to the same story and jsut really good.
Published 9 months ago by Steve Simon
5.0 out of 5 stars What's too say!
Not a bad story. Tons of hot guys with some romance included. Some familiar faces always good to see them.
Published 10 months ago by Professor125
2.0 out of 5 stars Edgar Alan Poe's House of Usher remake.
Very thin story line. Cabinet of Dr. Caligari ending. Trite to the max. If you want to see it, rent it somewhere.
Published 21 months ago by Christopher Amonson
4.0 out of 5 stars Not the best but definitely not the worst.
I liked this movie. There was a tension in the movie, but it wasn't fear or horror. It was a sensual angst or frustration through the whole movie. Read more
Published on February 26, 2012 by Davo94
3.0 out of 5 stars so so
This movie was ok. It was too conflicted on what it wanted to be and where it was going. The guys where hott but not in it enough to push it beyond, so so.
Published on October 15, 2011 by drock
4.0 out of 5 stars The house that evil built
The movie was exciting because the charactor's where strange, but yet appealing to me. The ending was very surprising. Read more
Published on August 30, 2011 by Toby Wade
1.0 out of 5 stars What a horrible flick
I don't think this is the kind of bad that can be considered "cult bad." This is the kind of bad that makes you slightly ill. Read more
Published on June 15, 2011 by Richard Mcginnis
1.0 out of 5 stars TRAGIC - More like House of UGH!
Oh boy. How can I politely state my disappointment with this film without being banned from this site for using unlikable terms. Read more
Published on December 19, 2010 by Gregory
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